It Must Schwing


In 1939, Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young émigrés from Berlin, founded the legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in New York. The label dedicated itself exclusively to the recording of American jazz music and developed its own unmistakeable recording style and sound.

Blue Note Records discovered and produced an impressive roster of international jazz stars. This included Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones. At a time when Afro-American musicians in the USA were discriminated against and ostracised, Blue Note records respected them as artists and equals. Not only did the label value their talents, it also gave them a much-needed platform. „It Must Schwing!“ tells the moving story of two friends, united by a passionate love for jazz, and of their profound belief in equality and freedom for every single human being.

Title It Must Schwing
Original Title It Must Schwing
Directed by Eric Friedler
Starring Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Lou Donaldson, Sheila Jordan, Ron Carter, Rudy van Gelder, George Benson, Rolf Kühn
Genre Documentary, History, Music
Running time 115 min
Language English
Nationality Germany
Scriptwriter Eric Friedler
Cinematographer Thomas Schäfer
Produced by NDR, Neue Road Movies, Studio Hamburg Enterprises
Local Release 2018 Sep 6
Film Status Completed


  • International Premiere - Telluride IFF 2018
  • Official Selection – NYC DOC 2018

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